I was going to give you a post about sea snakes to commemorate Chinese New Year, but I decided they’re just too creepy. Go check out some YouTube videos and see how long you last (I can only take about 10 seconds of footage). Instead, I figured I’d highlight something more soothing–Modern Art in China. . . . → Read More: TGIF: “Journey to the Deep and Within”, modern Chinese ink paintings of the underwater realm
I’ve been cloistered in the suburbs of Shanghai these past three days, visiting family and listening to fireworks explode outside the window as we count down to Chinese New Year. Accessing the internet in China is an ordeal in itself; all I’ve had to stare at is my multipage to-do list and stack of journal . . . → Read More: Because you’re mine, we walk the line
I’ve kept my words short here because I feel like words will always be inadequate. I met Miriam a full 6 months after we had officially become online colleagues — we had agreed to room together at my first ever ScienceOnline in 2011. I suppose I was a little bit nervous about meeting all the . . . → Read More: She inspires me and takes my shoe advice
I know, its Friday. You’re probably staring at the the clock, or worse, stalking people on Facebook. Today, instead of passing on a viral video or irreverent internet meme, I’m going to encourage you to procrastinate FOR SCIENCE! Sci Starter is a directory of citizen science projects around the world – scientists are looking for . . . → Read More: TGIF: Procrastinate, watch deep-sea videos, help science!
Genomics, Biodiversity, and Antarctica – three of my favourite things! For all you expedition junkies, these three things are exactly the focus of the 2013 “Ivy Inverts” cruise. My Gulf oil spill collaborator at Auburn University, Ken Halanych (along with an international team of students and colleagues), is currently steaming towards Antarctica aboard the Research . . . → Read More: “Icy Inverts” 2013 Cruise – Scientific Adventures in Antarctic Waters
If any readers out there want to spoil the ladies of DSN with some diamonds, we will gladly accept any of these lovely pieces from Tiffany & Co. (my favourite shop, of course). I just stumbled upon this fabulous collection designed by Jean Schlumberger, who presents a delicious array of jeweled ocean creatures. For a . . . → Read More: Undersea jewelry (and sparkling diamonds) from Tiffany & Co.
Deep-sea biology fans can geek out this week by following the proceedings of the 13th Deep-sea Biology Symposium taking place in Wellington, NZ (3-7th December) – the tweets have already begun to roll in under the hashtag #dsbs2012! Word on the street is that there are ~200 deep-sea biologists attending, and the one and only . . . → Read More: Deep-sea researchers convene at #dsbs2012 this week in New Zealand
My fellow Deeplings have been barraging the blog with “Best of” and “Top 10″ lists in recent memory. Now its my turn to chime in. Only…I don’t work with actual animals. I work with DNA sequences. I spent my PhD sitting under the microscope, where I vowed never again! Now I work with gigabyte-sized text . . . → Read More: Top 5 scariest species…from, er, DNA?
What if your physical characteristics (hair color, height, or eye color) were determined by your bacterial microbiome? It might seem far fetched for humans, but for some marine species, this is a fact of life. We recently had a foreign emissary visit the lab, one Catherine Burke from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. . . . → Read More: Algal blobs take shape, thanks to bacteria